dominate


dom·i·nate

verb \ˈdä-mə-ˌnāt\

: to have control of or power over (someone or something)

: to be the most important part of (something)

: to be much more powerful or successful than others in a game, competition, etc.

dom·i·nat·eddom·i·nat·ing

Full Definition of DOMINATE

transitive verb
1
:  rule, control <an empire that dominated the world>
2
:  to exert the supreme determining or guiding influence on <the ambition that has dominated his life>
3
:  to overlook from a superior elevation or command because of superior height or position <a hill that dominates the town>
4
a :  to be predominant in <sugar maples dominate the forest>
b :  to have a commanding or preeminent place or position in <name brands dominate the market>
intransitive verb
1
:  to have or exert mastery, control, or preeminence
2
:  to occupy a more elevated or superior position
dom·i·na·tive \-ˌnā-tiv\ adjective
dom·i·na·tor \-ˌnā-tər\ noun

Examples of DOMINATE

  1. One company has dominated the market for years.
  2. He dominated her life for many years.
  3. His work dominated the art scene last year.
  4. Our team dominated throughout the game.
  5. Our team dominated play throughout the game.

Origin of DOMINATE

Latin dominatus, past participle of dominari, from dominus master; akin to Latin domus house — more at dome
First Known Use: 1611

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